November can’t come soon enough

I just got back from my post op with Dr. Petrel.

Things are looking good! My uterus is all clear. Polyps were tested and aren’t malignant (a low chance, but she wanted to test them to be sure.) And my genetic tests came back with no abnormalities.

Now that it is done (and they are fine) I will admit to being a little nervous about the Fragile X test. Thanks to my frenemy Dr. Google, I became convinced that my people must be carriers of some kind. Why? Because in milder forms, Fragile X can manifest itself in learning disabilities and ADD. My brother has both. I have mild ADD, as does my sister.

Just before a full-blown freak out, I stopped myself. Oh, dear sweet logic… Learning disabilities are caused by any number of things. Genetics can be one of them, but so can premature birth. (My brother was born 4 weeks early.)  Worse case, we could do genetic screening on the embryos before transferring.

I also realized that if this was the case, it was DONE. It wasn’t like I was going to be changing my genetic code by eating tons of kale or exercising more. So I decided to “que sera, sera” that shit.

And with good reason, as it turns out there wasn’t anything to worry about. Petrel ordered the Fragile X test because this can be linked to higher FSH levels (which I have.) I asked her if she knew why my levels would be high then, she said she didn’t know but that she wasn’t worried. My AMH levels are good, and that’s what matters. I suppose some things will just remain a mystery.

As with all my meetings with Dr. Petrel, this was really great. She is by far the best doctor I’ve dealt with throughout all this– because she takes us seriously. Crazy idea, I know!

After our consult, we were handed off to Nurse Wren* who went over all the fabulous injections that are in store for me. Not looking forward to this part. But after two years of infertility, I think I can handle two stinking weeks of injections.

With all that done, we’re on our way to IVF. Dr. Petrel’s office will put through the request with my insurance company. That should take two weeks to clear, which means we can’t get a round in this cycle. I’m a little bummed, but I also had set this expectation with myself. I was thinking an October/November timeframe. So November it is! Which means, I have yet another cycle to over-google everything. Yippie.

Mostly, I’m just impatient. I’ve even allowed myself to be optimistic. This could actually work! And when I start seeing that promise in the distance– no matter how far off– I just. can’t. take it.

*Not her real name. But I like her so I gave her a nice bird name…




  1. Elisha · October 9, 2014

    Good pick for a name 😉 And I’m excited for you!! Yay! xo

    • thecommonostrich · October 10, 2014

      Thanks! I’m trying to act like I’m all cool about this, but I cannot wait to get this party started.

      • Elisha · October 10, 2014

        lol! Go ahead and get crazy excited!!! xo

  2. labmonkeyftw · October 10, 2014

    things are ramping up! I’m excited for you too. Curiosity query: are they having you do any birth control before the IVF? To ‘quieten the ovaries’ as I have seen it rather weirdly referred to? Sounds like no, which is good, no extra waiting/hormones.

    • thecommonostrich · October 10, 2014

      No birth control that I am aware of. I’ve been ovulating pretty consistently for the past year and a half, so maybe my ovaries don’t need to be quietened? No idea…

  3. Twelve Week Eternities · October 10, 2014

    I’m feeling good for you! So glad all your genetic testing came back clear. And man do I understand feeling impatient and feeling like you can’t take it! Let’s get this show on the road! 🙂

    • thecommonostrich · October 10, 2014

      If I’m nutty just waiting for IVF to start, I can only imagine the complete whack job I’ll be during the TWW. My plan is to take this next cycle to find balance in my body– which has been such a crapfest, with 6 rounds of clomid and much poking of my uterus.

      Whatever it takes to pass the time, right? 😉

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